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Cyclist Rogers cleared to race after doping case (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 4:38 am]
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) -- Former world time trial champion Michael Rogers can race again after cycling's governing body accepted that meat he ate in China likely caused his positive doping test.

Armstrong coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 3:56 am]
Lance Armstrong's longtime coach Johan Bruyneel was banned for 10 years Tuesday for helping organize widespread doping by the former seven-time Tour de France winner's cycling teams. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the verdicts of an American Arbitration Association panel against Bruyneel and two medical staff. Bruyneel ''was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the (U.S. Postal Service) and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders,'' USADA said in a statement. Team doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose ''Pepe'' Marti will serve eight-year bans, USADA said.

Team staff linked to Armstrong doping get long bans (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 2:58 am]
(Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti have all been handed long bans from sport for their involvement in doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Tuesday. Bruyneel was banned for 10 years, while Celaya and Marti got eight-year bans after the decision by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), USADA said in a statement. The trio all worked for Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team (USPS), which changed its name to Discovery Channel after a change of sponsors in 2005, and opted for arbitration when the charges were originally leveled against them in June 2012.

Doping-Team staff linked to Armstrong doping get long bans (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 2:52 am]
(Adds detail, quotes) * U.S. Postal team manager Bruyneel banned for 10 years * Doctor Celaya, trainer Marti get eight years * Bruyneel says they are "scapegoats" for a generation April 22 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti have all been handed long bans from sport for their involvement in doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Tuesday. Bruyneel was banned for 10 years, while Celaya and Marti got eight-year bans after the decision by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), USADA said in a statement. The trio all worked for Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team (USPS), which changed its name to Discovery Channel after a change of sponsors in 2005, and opted for arbitration when the charges were originally levelled against them in June 2012.

Doping-Three staff linked to Armstrong doping get long bans-USADA (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 2:11 am]
Lance Armstrong's former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti have all been handed long bans from sport for their involvement in doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Tuesday. Bruyneel was banned for 10 years, while Celaya and Marti got eight-year bans after the decision by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), USADA said in a statement.

Belgium's Gilbert wins Amstel Gold (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 9:26 am]
VALKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) -- Philippe Gilbert of Belgium has won the 49th Amstel Gold Race held in the hills of the southern Netherlands.

Horner leaves hospital after training accident (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 4:45 am]
MILAN (AP) -- Spanish Vuelta champion Chris Horner has been released from a hospital in northern Italy following a training accident inside a tunnel last week.

Quintana to lead Movistar at Giro d'Italia (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 8:57 am]
Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana will lead Movistar at the Giro d'Italia next month. Quintana finished second to Christopher Froome at the Tour last year, but he will not ride in cycling's biggest race this summer. Instead, the Colombian will be Movistar's lead rider in the Italian grand tour and ride in the Spanish Vuelta. Alejandro Valverde will lead Movistar at the Tour.

Terpstra wins Paris-Roubaix race (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 1:04 pm]
Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands won the Paris-Roubaix race for the first time on Sunday, making a decisive break near the end of the one-day classic to win it by 20 seconds and upstage pre-race favorites Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara. Belgian rider Boonen was looking to win the race for a record fifth time, and the Swiss star Cancellara, who finished in third place, for a fourth time. I was just pushing until the end.'' German rider John Degenkolb finished second after beating Cancellara in a sprint to the line. Belgian rider Sep Vanmarcke was fourth and Czech cyclist Zdenek Stybar - Terpstra's teammate - was fifth.

Cycling-Terpstra pips top guns to win Paris-Roubaix (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 10:20 am]
(Adds details, quotes) By Julien Pretot ROUBAIX, France, April 13 (Reuters) - Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands seized his opportunity to pip the pre-race favourites and clinch the biggest victory of his career when he won the Paris-Roubaix classic on Sunday. Terpstra, one of the in-form riders going into the 257-km race featuring 51.1 km of cobbled sectors, attacked a group of favourites with six kilometres left and never looked back. He crossed the line on the outdoor Roubaix velodrome some 20 seconds ahead of German John Degenkolb. Swiss Fabian Cancellara, who was bidding to become the first rider to achieve three Paris-Roubaix/Tour of Flanders doubles, came third after failing to make his move earlier in the race.

Cycling-Road-Paris - Roubaix results (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 8:41 am]
April 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Paris - Roubaix (Compiegne - Roubaix, 257 km) on Sunday 1. Niki Terpstra (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 6:09:01" 2. John Degenkolb (Germany / Giant) +20" 3. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland / Trek) 4. Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium / Belkin) 5. Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 6. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Cannondale) 7. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) 8. Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands / Garmin) 9. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Team Sky) 10. Tom Boonen (Belgium / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)

Horner to remain in hospital until next week (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 12:41 pm]
MILAN (AP) -- Spanish Vuelta champion Christopher Horner will remain in the hospital until next week at least following Friday's training accident in northern Italy.

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco final classification (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 11:54 am]
April 12 (Infostrada Sports) - Final Classification from Vuelta al Pais Vasco on Saturday 1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 21:09:11" 2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +49" 3. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) +1:04" 4. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +1:07" 5. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 6. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:56" 7. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 8. Yury Trofimov (Russia / Katusha) +2:13" 9. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ.fr) +2:14" 10. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +2:26" 11. ...

Contador wins 3rd Tour of Basque Country title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 10:49 am]
Alberto Contador won the Tour of Basque Country for a third time on Saturday, confirming the Spaniard's strong return to form with his second title of the year as he prepares for the Tour de France. The Tinkoff-Saxo cyclist defended the lead he established on the opening day during the race's sixth and final stage, an individual time trial in which he finished second behind winner Tony Martin. After going a year without a multistage race title, Contador has now won the Tour of Basque Country and last month's Tirreno-Adriatico, along with runner-up finishes at the Tour of Algarve and the Volta a Catalunya. He took control of this edition, the 54th, during the first stage when he broke away from Alejandro Valverde on an uphill climb.

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco classification after stage 6 (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 9:16 am]
April 12 (Infostrada Sports) - Classification from Vuelta al Pais Vasco after Stage 6 on Saturday 1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 21:09:11" 2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +49" 3. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) +1:04" 4. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +1:07" 5. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 6. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:56" 7. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 8. Yury Trofimov (Russia / Katusha) +2:13" 9. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ.fr) +2:14" 10. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +2:26"

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco stage 6 results (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 9:16 am]
April 12 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Vuelta al Pais Vasco (Markina-Xemein - Markina-Xemein, 25.9 km) on Saturday 1. Tony Martin (Germany / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 38:33" 2. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +7" 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +15" 4. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +16" 5. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) +35" 6. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands / Giant) +38" 7. Jon Izagirre (Spain / Movistar) +41" 8. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +1:02" 9. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:05" 10. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ. ...

Contador wins 3rd Tour of Basque Country (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 9:15 am]
MARKINA, Spain (AP) -- Alberto Contador won the Tour of Basque Country for a third time on Saturday, confirming the Spaniard's strong return to form with his second title of the year.

Vuelta winner Horner injured in training accident (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 12:09 pm]
MILAN (AP) -- Spanish Vuelta champion Chris Horner has been hospitalized with a punctured lung, four broken ribs and cuts on his head following a training accident in northern Italy.

Contador keeps Basque lead, Swift wins 5th stage (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 10:16 am]
MARKINA-XEMEIN, Spain (AP) -- Alberto Contador protected his lead of the Tour of Basque Country before the decisive time trial, while Ben Swift of England won Friday's fifth stage. Swift edged a small group of riders at the finish line to claim the 160-kilometer (99-mile) leg featuring five categorized mountain climbs from Eibar to Markina-Xemein in just under four hours. ''This was one of my best'' days, said Swift, who rides for Team Sky. I liked my chances doing into that sprint.'' Alejandro Valverde, who is second overall, also finished second in the stage, a wheel-length behind Swift.

Cycling-Road-Vuelta al Pais Vasco classification after stage 5 (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 9:24 am]
April 11 (Infostrada Sports) - Classification from Vuelta al Pais Vasco after Stage 5 on Friday 1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 20:30:31" 2. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +12" 3. Damiano Cunego (Italy / Lampre) +36" 4. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 5. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) 6. Yury Trofimov (Russia / Katusha) 7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +41" 8. Mikel Landa (Spain / Astana) +54" 9. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +55" 10. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / BMC Racing) +56" 11. ...





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